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Working with scientists in developing countries

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My presentation at the Australian Science Communicators Conference. Brisbane, Australia, 2014.

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Working with scientists in developing countries

  1. 1. Working with forestry scientists across the world Michelle Kovacevic Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) Contact: m.kovacevic@cgiar.org; @kovamic
  2. 2. blog.cifor.org
  3. 3. Outline  Background  Challenges  Opportunities
  4. 4. Forests by the numbers  31% of the world’s land mass  Provide $250 billion in various forms of income  Essential to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people (25% of world pop)  80% of terrestrial biodiversity  Absorb up to a third of all carbon emissions
  5. 5. Policy-orientated research that informs equitable decision making in tropical forested countries
  6. 6. Where we work Research sites in more than 30 countries Over 200 staff from 37 countries
  7. 7. Knowledge sharing models CIFOR Output Knowledge sharing Knowledge sharing Knowledge sharing Impact Impact Impact
  8. 8. The challenges Capacity gaps // Audience diversity // Cultural sensitivities
  9. 9. Huge audience diversity Q: If there was some media to give you information on water, food and energy supplies, what information would you be interested in? People who live in forests
  10. 10. Huge audience diversity Q: If there was some media to give you information on water, food and energy supplies, what information would you be interested to watch/read/listen to? People who don’t live in forests
  11. 11. Lack of capacity • Language
  12. 12. Capacity building and training for scientists, journalists and communicators
  13. 13. Lack of capacity • Technology
  14. 14. Landscape game: A virtual reality?
  15. 15. Beware of cultural sensitivities…
  16. 16. Which headline would you go with? DR Congo not ready to make REDD+ funding work Can REDD+ drive change in DR Congo?
  17. 17. Opportunities Growing importance // Impact needs comms // communities of practice
  18. 18. Importance of communication increasingly recognized By scientists By donorsBy institutions
  19. 19. Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making”
  20. 20. Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making” Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
  21. 21. Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making” Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination
  22. 22. Proposal Implementation Results Dissemination Evaluation Focus on “impact” & “evidence-based policy making”
  23. 23. Building communities of practice
  24. 24. ForestsClimateChange.org Follow us! @forestsCC

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